Ready to tackle the cosmos

Posted on Wednesday, November 18, 2015 at 12:00 pm

by Andrew Mahon Every afternoon at three, researchers at the McGill Space Institute (MSI) gather for tea in the lounge at their new centre in the heart of the University’s downtown campus. It’s a simple social ritual designed to nurture a collaborative culture but, in this case, the discussion might not be about Oolong versus [...]

A fighter for First Nations

Posted on Wednesday, November 18, 2015 at 11:28 am

James O’Reilly, BCL’63, was recently honoured by both the Bar of Montreal and the Cree Nation Government for the pioneering role he has played in aboriginal law.

The story behind the billion-dollar cancer marker

Posted on Sunday, November 15, 2015 at 2:27 pm

Fifty years ago, McGill researchers Phil Gold and Samuel Freedman discovered CEA, a protein that continues to be the most commonly used marker for cancer tumours.

Touring the world with Madonna

Posted on Saturday, November 14, 2015 at 5:55 pm

Ric’key Pageot, BMus’03, used to play cover versions of Madonna songs at weddings. These days, he performs those songs while sharing the stage with Madonna herself.

Building a new generation of STEM leaders

Posted on Thursday, November 12, 2015 at 1:21 pm

McGill Schulich Leaders Julie Wong and Alexander Deans (Photo: Owen Egan) by Andrew Mahon When the Schulich Leader Scholarships were launched four years ago, they were hailed as the second largest scholarship endowment ($100 million) in Canadian history and dubbed “Canada’s Rhodes Scholarships.” Today, with a growing cohort of 170 Schulich Leaders across the country [...]

Shutting down salmonella

Posted on Wednesday, November 11, 2015 at 2:52 pm

Food scientist Lawrence Goodridge is leading an ambitious research effort aimed at dramatically reducing the impact of salmonella, a bacteria that costs the Canadian economy $1 billion.

The Age of Clinton: Bill, Hillary and the nineties

Posted on Saturday, November 7, 2015 at 8:06 pm

In his latest book, history professor Gil Troy examines how Bill Clinton’s presidency helped shape the nineties and how the trends of that decade affected Clinton and his wife Hillary.

Portrait of the PM-designate as a young man

Posted on Wednesday, October 21, 2015 at 6:26 pm

Justin Trudeau, BA’94, will be the third McGill graduate to serve as Canada’s prime minister. What role did McGill play in preparing him for his political career?

Simulating a world of high stakes

Posted on Tuesday, October 20, 2015 at 3:59 pm

by Patrick McDonagh How do medical students learn to be doctors? How do nursing students learn to be nurses? The answer seems straightforward. By going to university and studying under the guidance of experts. By going into hospitals and observing seasoned practitioners in action. But how do they learn to master a tricky medical procedure [...]

Montreal’s other great hockey team

Posted on Tuesday, October 20, 2015 at 3:34 pm

Thanks to a rebranding and a closer association with the Montreal Canadiens, the former McGill stars who now play for the Canadiennes de Montréal hope to attract a wider range of fans to women’s hockey.